gong show

Tuesday turned into a gong show.

Oh my, how quickly Tuesday turned into a gong show.

It was the day I had my port-a-cath (medical device used to draw blood and give treatments) inserted. It will make CT/MRI scans as well as blood work draws easier. No more fighting to get IVs or other needles in.

what I was told and what was real 

  • Was told by my oncologist’s office, procedure would take 45-60 minutes.
    • This was the only truth of the day;
  • Was told by my oncologist’s office to arrive at 11 a.m.
    • Wasn’t told this was a 2 hour “check in”;
    • Wasn’t told the procedure actually scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
    • Wasn’t  told that there could potentially be  2 to 4 hour recovery time afterwards;
    • As I declined to have local anesthetic, and the local freezing was enough; I was able to leave after one hour;
  • Was told by my oncologist’s office to report to medical imaging
    • Medical imaging sent me to Admitting, where I was sent to check into Surgical Day Care;
  • Was told by my oncologist’s office to stop blood thinners 3 clear days before date of procedure
    • According to insertion team, I could have stopped 3 days before (one day later than I  did);
  • Was told by my oncologist’s office to stop eating by 9 a.m. and clear fluids only after that
    • Completely threw off the nurse who had instructions that my last food should be by 7 a.m.
  • FIVE attempts to get an IV in!!!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ

who’s on first

As if this wasn’t enough, Vince forgot his cell and had to return home to get it.

Pic of device inserted and, once again, my lovely bruising.

Yes, it hurts!!!!

3 thoughts on “gong show

  1. Oh my goodness. What a rigamarole! I really hope that it makes all future blood draws etc much easier. After all that is the whole point of it. Love you

  2. Jiminy Crickets!
    Glad itโ€™s in. That should make blood draws easier at the very least!

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